Peale, Rembrandt, 1778-1860
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Draft letter in writing of a secretary. Has written to Miss Macalester about his proposal to lecture in Philadelphia on his paintings of Washington and she has responded favorably. ERL-34. Undated 036.
Autograph letter, signed. Rembrandt Peale, known for his 'porthole portraits' of George Washington, recalls his father painting the earliest known image of Washington in 1772 as well as a miniature he painted for Martha Washington.
D. 12 pages. A lengthy memoir of Rembrandt Peale's involvement with W-n portraiture, beginning with his 3 sittings from life in Phila. in 1795 and recounting his self-described life-long "obsession" to create a perfect portrait of W-n. Describes evolution of his various styles of treating his subj: equestrian, porthole, etc. Includes criticism of other painters, anecdotes of George Washington, etc. May be a partial text of his lecture on the subject, see "Eisen", vol. 2.